A Tennessee man who “lived to kayak” appeared to wave his paddle triumphantly before plunging over Niagara Falls on Tuesday afternoon in his 13-foot craft. And that was the last anyone saw of him.
Jessie Sharp, 28, of Ocoee, Tenn., plunged over the 181-foot Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the border as tourists and police – unable to help him – looked on. He was wearing neither a helmet nor a lifejacket.
Sharp’s paddle emerged from the mist at the base of the falls about 10 minutes after his plunge. The dented red kayak, inscribed “Rapidman,” surfaced about an hour later a few hundred yards downstream.
A day after the stunt, Sharp’s body had yet to surface.